Earlier this week while perusing Pinterest (again!) I came across this DIY project for a piece of Pottery Barn art that they no longer produce. Since I love typography and any art that incorporates letters and numbers, I knew I would have to try this for myself. I put my spin on it colorwise and had to go with the teal (Apple Barrel - 2613 Caribbean) background. I threw in the red heart for accent and to take up space.
I bought the 18x24 canvas for $8 at Big Lots yesterday, brought it home and got to work. In Adobe Illustrator I layed out all the numbers where I wanted them, printed them and cut them out. I placed them on the canvas and traced each one with a white chalk pencil. I used Golden's Titan Buff fluid acrylic and filled in the numbers. For the heart you can use any color red. Mine happens to be Golden's Napthol Red Light. Once everything was dry I took a fine sanding block and went over the surface of the canvas as well as the edges to rought them up a bit.
The next step was to mix up a glaze using Golden's acrylic glazing medium and a few drops of Burnt Umber fluid acrylic. Paint this over the entire canvas to age and antique. Let it dry, hang it up and enjoy!
I've got a ton more Pinterest DIY's to try. As time and funds become available I'll tackle them one at a time and share them with you.
If you decide to try this for yourself I'd love to see how it turns out. Come back and leave me a comment and link if you will. Thanks!